HR related issue. With the head of HR. How to proceed?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

That’s awkward…. maybe your boss could help you out? 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Ugh. I have no advice for you, but this is pretty much my biggest workplace pet peeve. Gross.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

UGHHH I despise when I hear of HR people breaking rules!! As someone trying to get into HR, they’re supposed to be the people you can go to with anything. I’m so mad for you.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s really a way to handle it other than head on. Ask to have someone else in the room (your boss maybe), and do it casually. Just something like “hey! now that we’re going to be neighbors I had a minor request I was going to ask of you. I noticed that you wear a wonderfully scented perfume and I think it smells great. The only thing is I have an allergy to fragrance & anytime I can smell the perfume from my desk & it’s making me sick. Do you think there’s anyway you could use less of it?”

Ugh, even typing that out I couldn’t come up with something that sounds good. But you do have to address it, it’s making you sick. Good luck! I’m so sorry that it’s an HR person doing this. Seriously one of my biggest pet peeves

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

futuremrste:  Can you not speak with your direct boss and have them deal with the issue?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

can you email HR anonymously?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Seattle, WA

Ugh I’m so sorry for you!!!  My SO’s mom wears a horrible perfume, and so much of it!  I don’t see her often enough for it to bother me, but if someone I worked with did that, I don’t know what I’d do.  I’m really surprised this is the VP of HR, someone who should know better.  What if you were to send an email and just say you can smell very strong perfume “near your desk” but you aren’t sure who it is.  I wonder if she’d take the hint??

 

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I once brought it one of those scent fans to the office without thinking, and one of the older workers came up to me discreetly and told me that her allergies would act up whenever I turned it on. So I stopped using it.

I think if you go up to her discreetly and just mention the health problems that you have b/c of the fragrance, then she really can’t argue. Her role as HR is to make sure that the working environment is healthy and safe.

I have to wonder why she has this need to put on SO much perfume. I wonder if she’s hiding something.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I would speak to your direct boss or send a typed anon note that says her perfume is too strong and remind her it’s a scent free office. Just because she’s a manager doesn’t mean the rules don’t apply to her.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve never heard of a fragrance free workplace and  I’d be pretty annoyed if my employers tried to regulate what personal hygiene products I used because of it.

In case someone did have a documented medical thing, then okay I guess.

Why not get an air purifier for your personal space instead of asking people around you to change their lifestyle because of your allergy? 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

LoveBugBee:  Scent free workplaces are very common here. It is a routine practice of progressive employers.

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